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This is BBC World News Today, I'm Laura Trevelyan.

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Jared Kushner denies any coordination with Russia

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That was the message to US lawmakers - and when he got back

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to the White House he underlined it, for all to hear.

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I did not collude with Russia nor do I know of anyone else in the

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campaign who did so. The parents of terminally ill baby

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Charlie Gard give up their legal fight to get him new treatment

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in the US. And this ice sheet could

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be disappearing even We're in one of the world's

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most remote regions, British scientists have come here to

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Greenland to try and work out how rapidly the Acer is going to melt

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and what that means firstly levels around the world. -- for sea levels

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around the world. He's not only President Trump's son

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in law, but one of his And today Jared Kushner

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was on Capitol Hill - speaking to investigators

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on the Senate Intelligence committee, who're looking

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at Russian interference The meeting was behind closed doors,

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but when he got back to the White House, Mr Kushner

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made this statement. Since the first questions were

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raised in March, I have been a consistent in saying that I was

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eager to share any information I have. With the investigating bodies

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and I have done so today. The wreck of the documents I have voluntarily

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provided will show that all of my actions were proper and occurred in

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the normal course of events of a very unique campaign. Let me be very

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clear. I did not collude with Russia nor do I know of anyone else in the

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campaign who did so. I had no improper contacts, I have not relied

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on a Russian funds for my businesses. And I have been fully

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transparent and providing all requested information.

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And joining me now from Capitol Hill is the BBC's Laura Bicker.

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Very emphatically, I did not collude with Russia during the campaign.

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How's that going down on Capitol Hill? He has been very adamant and

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jihadist agent issued to us before he gave evidence to the Senate and

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in it he detailed those meetings that he had with the Russians. The

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key one of the Democrats and Republicans working keen to hear

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about was the meeting he had with a Russian lawyer. That meeting that

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was arranged by Donald Trump junior. It was a meeting where they were

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promised incriminating information about Hillary Clinton and here is

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the crucial part, when they were e-mailed about this meeting they

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were told that there are robbing giving this information because it

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was part of Russia and its Government support for Donald Trump.

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One of the questions that senators opposed to have put two Jared

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Kushner is why take that meeting. He said he didn't take the e-mail

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properly, he arrived late and when he got there it was clear that it

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was a waste of his time and fact he couldn't wait to leave. But there

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are still questions with regard to cry and the only getting the

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information about this now considering we have known about this

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meeting for the last couple of weeks. And then he set about the

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revelations made in March, when it was discovered and revealed that he

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had met with a Russian banker and the Russian ambassador during the

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transition phase before Donald Trump took office. He said he was making

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contact because he wanted to have some contact with Russia before,

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took office. When it comes to that, he said he doesn't ask for those

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meetings, they were organised by the Russians themselves. Again in the

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issues were raised with regards to why not put that on your right has

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clearance form, and when it comes to reform itself and sincere is

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blooming his assistant for putting it through to LA for not mentioning

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those meetings so there is a lot to clean up. Democrats are making much

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of the fact that this meeting was not under oath and they were saying

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it was not in public and they are saying there are still many more

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questions are to be absent. Thank you.

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And joining me now is legal scholar Jonathan Turley who teaches

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I know you been studying the written statement by Jared Kushner, what do

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you make of the very carefully phrased town of what he has to say?

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He is not working with much. Either is not a good narrative here. He

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said he went to the meeting and then decided there was nothing here. But

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the meeting was set to collude with the Russians. This says that a lot

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like I went to collude and they didn't collude with us. That is not

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a good narrative. It is also not a crime. But there are not many good

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options for Jared Kushner here. The best you can see was he that he was

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a bit clueless but he was trying to collude. The record contradicts that

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to a point. In order for him to make this work he has to say that he went

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to this meeting with virtually no idea why he was going to the

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meeting. He says in that statement that he even e-mailed an assistant

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and asked him to get out of it because it was so boring. But he

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also says he didn't collude with Russia nor does he know of anyone

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else in the campaign. Again he is really covering himself. It has that

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build Bill Clinton type of thing, I didn't collude with this country

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moment. The problem with the collusion argument is that the

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e-mail itself as an invitation to collude. Saying the Russians have

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stuck on Hillary Clinton. Right. And Donald Trump trump Junior said I

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love it. That is a bad narrative, but it is not necessarily a crime.

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What he has to worry about from this point on I see is going into very

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precarious waters. He has to keep a consistent and coherent narrative,

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something the company 's vision hasn't been good at. Is that very

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high risk for him, the fact he has given this written statement and

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televised statement saying he didn't collude with Russia? He is

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committed. God help if there's anything that contradicts the

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statement at this point. Even though he is not under oath, lying to

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Congress a crime. I think Jared Kushner is trying to minimise his

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role in all this is put a lot more pressure on Donald Trump junior. Not

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to mention the president himself who is clearly feeling the pressure.

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What do you make of his tweets? He is rinsing his complete power to

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pardon. No one has been prosecuted by what he is even thinking about

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the possibility. It is fairly complete it is not absolute. The pit

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one limitation on a President's pardon power which was he couldn't

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use it to someone out of an impeachment but it is true that the

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supreme court has treated this as an unfettered power. You can use it

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before or during someone has been charged during a trial after the

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conviction. You can use it at any time. So the president could

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technically even before the special Council has found anything, he could

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pardon in advance is associate and his family and even himself

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questioned what he can do an anticipatory pardon and it has been

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done. That is what Richard Nixon got. Richard Nixon was pardoned by

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Gerald Ford without any charge against them. The question of

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whether a president and pardon himself as one of the long-standing

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questions of Cosic additional law and it has divided most of us. The

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answer is not clear. Because attrition itself, the text which

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supports the president has underlying policies that would

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contradict. Thank you. It's a heartbreaking case which has

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made headlines around the world - but now the parents

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of the terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have ended their legal

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battle to bring him here to the US In an emotional statement,

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Charlie's father said they're going to spend their last precious

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moments with their son. Earlier, their lawyer told the Court

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in London that "time had run out" for the baby,

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after an American doctor who examined Charlie said he was no

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longer willing to offer the therapy. Here's our Medical

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Correspondent Fergus Walsh. The fight over Charlie Gard's future

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is over. This desperately sick little boy will no be allowed to

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die. After a hugely emotional hearing where his parents said they

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had agreed to let the sun go they urged to face the world's media. Our

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son is an absolute warrior and we can not be prouder of him and we

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will miss him terribly. His body, heart and soul may soon be gone but

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his spirit will live on for eternity and he will make a difference to

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Eagle's lives for years to come. We are now going to spend our last

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precious months with our son Charlie who unfortunately would make his

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first birthday in just under two weeks' time. Charlie has been an

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Great Ormond Street Hospital since October. He has a serious inherited

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condition, mitochondrial depletion syndrome. You cannot move feed or

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breathe unaided. The central question in this case was whether

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this powder therapy which is added to food could boost his muscle

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function. His parents raised ?1.3 million for the treatment and the

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United States, that money will now go to a foundation and Charlie's

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name. But Great Ormond Street Hospital backed by many independent

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experts said the treatment was retail because Charlie has suffered

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catastrophic and irreversible brain damage. Because Charlie's parents

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and doctors could not agree the matter went to the High Court. In

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April the judge ruled that Charlie's suffering should end. His life

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support be withdrawn. Every legal appeal brought by Charlie's parents

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failed. Then came interventions from the book and Donald Trump. The

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latter treating an offer of help. This has been an extraordinary case,

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a battle over the fate of a baby boy which was what not just in court but

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internationally. The judge said it was one of the pitfalls of social

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media that the watching world filtered right to have opinions

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without knowing the facts of the case. He said the court's paramount

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consideration and been Charlie's best interests at all times. The

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case came back to court when an American neurologist claimed new

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evidence showed his nuclear state therapy could help Charlie. Last

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week he flew over to examine. New MRI body scans were ordered. On

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Friday Charlie's parents accepted these showed his muscle wasting was

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now so severe she was beyond help. It is an incredibly brave decision

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by Charlie's parents will stop they have fought through for themselves

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what the new evidence shows and they have reached a conclusion probably

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the judge would have reached the scene, very brave of them to do it

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before or without waiting for 40 has to say. . Connie Yates said he would

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be appointed for the rest of their lives with what if their son had

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received the treatment months earlier. She said he had the

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potential to be a normal boy but it was now too late. To Charlie, we say

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mummy and daddy love you so much. We always have and we always well and

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we are so sorry that we couldn't save you. We parents are now with

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Charlie and his final hours. Great Ormond Street Hospital said the

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agony and desolation and bravery of their decision humbled all the

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water. Day all who worked there. In the weeks since Iraqi

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forces recaptured Mosul from so-called Islamic State,

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a grim picture has emerged of life Much of the city has

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been reduced to rubble, and the civilian population says

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atrocities were carried The BBC's Yalda Hakim reports

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from HAMAM AL ALIL about thirty kilometres to the south

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of the centre of Mosul. It was the scene of a massacre

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of civilians at the hands of Islamic State as Iraqi forces

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were fighting to liberate it. For three years this

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was the so-called Islamic Now it is the broken

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heart of the caliphate. The Isis reign of terror

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is now over but this After constant bombardment

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and shelling, an eerie silence Hundreds of thousands

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have been displaced, their lives like the city

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lies in ruins. This woman has returned

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to her neighbourhood with her two children for the first time

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in a month. They had attempted to get away

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during the battle but were captured She says she may now be liberated

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but it means nothing Life, she says, has become

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even more difficult. The people of Mosul are still paying

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the price for their freedom. Everyday people queue up,

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the injured, the sick, The battle is officially over

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but it is not safe in Mosul. Isis rigged houses and buildings

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with booby traps, returning home now All over the city there

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are unexploded devices. And it is now up to the Iraqi

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military to clean it up. TRANSLATION: There was

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a car bomb over there. So we are moving forward

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because there are more All over this city now Iraqi forces

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are working day and night to clear the areas of unexploded devices

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and booby traps so that families can This particular unit has been

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working for the last two days The task of rebuilding

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the city is monumental. But reconstruction will be easy

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compared to building trust. Real reconciliation

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will be a battle. Thousands of fighters

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for the caliphate had been killed. But the ideology

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hasn't died with them. Who is to blame for

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the devastation of Mosul? This man says his Sunni tribe

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didn't support Isis. But when the Iraqi militaries fled

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the city they had no choice. TRANSLATION: The Iraqi military

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controlled all of Mosul. He now has a stark warning

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for Baghdad and the world. I blame what happened

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to our city on politics. The politicians need

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to strike a deal. If they don't come up

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with an agreement we Laughter is once again

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allowed in Mosul. As children leap to take advantage

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of their new freedom. Many have known nothing

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but life under Isis. The Iraq they will inherit has

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arguably never been more divided. This generation will be tested again

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and again as old scars in this Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news... At least 35 people have

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died - and 50 injured - An Afghan Government spokesman,

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said the car bomb exploded, near a bus carrying

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Ministry employees. The Taliban say they

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carried out the attack. And across the border,

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the Pakistani Taliban say they were behind an attack,

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in which at least twenty-six people died and around fifty were injured

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in the city of Lahore. A car bomb exploded

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at the side of a busy road. A manhunt in underway

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in Switzerland, where five people have been injured by a man

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with a chainsaw, in Police have identified the man,

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warning the public that he's highly dangerous,

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but not related to terrorism. The Sri Lankan navy were on hand to

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help these two elephants and put them back to shallow waters.

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A case of ruthless human trafficking - that's how police are describing

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the horrific scene they discovered on Saturday night outside

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Eight people were found dead, and two died later in hospital,

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after being crammed into a trailer with no air conditioning.

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It's a shocking example of the risks undocumented immigrants

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Just 65 miles north of the Mexican border, Brooks County, Texas,

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is bearing the brunt of this crisis - we've gone to see the impact.

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I will always refer to these things as senseless death.

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Over the last two or three weeks, we are having more

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They were unfortunate enough to perish in their journey

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I'm guessing about almost half a mile or so from here.

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We already have 30 for the year and we have

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What they do, they circumvent the checkpoints.

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Because they don't have the documentation they need.

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It is not a pleasant walk, it is a harsh walk.

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If they're not bringing any provisions, no water or

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anything, if they get lost they are screwed.

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Pretty much before they were just getting buried.

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Without any type of analysis being done.

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This is where we store all of the remains.

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Each and every one of these boxes contains the remains of a

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Brooks is a small county, population less than 8000.

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They don't have the funds and the manpower to do with that

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many sets of remains, have them properly

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autopsied, transported to a medical examiner's office for the autopsy.

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The definition typically given for a mass disaster

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is that there are so many deaths that overwhelms the local

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authority's ability to properly handle that disaster.

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And that is absolutely the case in south Texas.

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This happened after death and is related to animals just scavenging.

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Everyone is an individual, everyone had an identity in life and they

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deserve to have that identity in death.

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We have definitely taken corrective measures to handle that.

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So now we're not even burying people here in the county.

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The Greenland ice sheet may be melting faster than expected,

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raising ocean levels more than predicted.

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That's the concern of scientists who say warmer conditions

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are encouraging algae to grow in the ice and darken its surface.

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That matters, because darker ice absorbs more of the sun's rays

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And what happens in Greenland could affect millions of people

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Our Science Editor David Shukman has this exclusive report.

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A vivid blue snakes across the Greenland ice sheet.

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A beautiful sight but when the ice here melts, the oceans

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On the horizon, the ice sheet looms ahead of us.

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We've joined a team of British scientists.

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They are trying to understand how the ice is changing.

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People are very worried about the possibility that the ice

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sheet might be melting faster and faster in the future.

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We touch down in one of the remotest corners of the planet.

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A home in an utterly barren wilderness.

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Once it's there, we will leave it to you to take the measurements.

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Painstaking research to measure how quickly it might vanish.

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From the air, all you can really see is what looks like a vast

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expanse of endless white, but that isn't the whole story,

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because what's hard to grasp as I stand here is that this is just

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the surface of a vast mass of ice that's unbelievably thick,

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so let's imagine cutting it away right in front of me.

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The ice sheet stretches for as much as two miles,

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three kilometres from the surface here right down to the rock below.

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In fact, it is so thick you could take the world's tallest building,

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the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and fit four of them end to end inside.

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And because there's such a volume of ice here,

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there is the potential if much more of it melts for real damage

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And everywhere we look there is a growing threat.

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And the darker a surface, the more it absorbs the sun's rays,

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and, like wearing a black T-shirt on a hot day, the more it warms up.

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Martyn Tranter, the chief scientist here, shows me

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Algae have always been here but with more meltwater,

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and higher temperatures, conditions are ripe

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The algae are microscopically small but they might be

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What we want to know is how the algae can spread over

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the Greenland ice sheet as the climate warms.

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And it might well be that they will cause more

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melting and an acceleration of sea level rise.

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To investigate that, drones are used to scan the dark

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areas of the ice sheet, so the scientists can work out

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how rising temperatures could encourage the algae and lead

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In the evening light, the shimmer of gentle streams,

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Until recently, the amount of ice melting in summer was balanced

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But, in the last 20 years, the flows of water have multiplied.

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Each one eventually adding to the level of the oceans.

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No one is saying that this whole thing is going to melt in the next

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decade or even in the next 100 or even the next 1,000 years,

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but it doesn't all have to melt for more people to be in danger.

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Only a small amount, a very small portion of this ice

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sheet has to melt to raise the sea levels and then threaten millions

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of people in coastal communities around the world.

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What's striking is that this massive block of ice is vulnerable

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to a vicious cycle of warmer conditions, more algae,

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Down at the edge of the ice sheet, the tiny streams become a torrent.

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The research is are trying to improve the forecast for how this

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meltwater will raise the level of the sea.

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And for people in low-lying areas of Florida, Bangladesh

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and parts of Britain, getting those predictions

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David Shukman, BBC News in Greenland.

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Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some

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of the team on Twitter - I'm @LauraTrevelyan.

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Thank you for watching and we hope to see you back here tomorrow.

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It has been a stunning day across western parts of the UK.

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Temperatures have been soaring

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